Women earn income by repairing houses post floods


Women were given temporary employment under the cash for work scheme for repairing the houses in their villages. Photo: UNDP Pakistan

The Research and Development for Human Resources (RDHR) with support of UNDP, GEF, & JAPAN Official Development Assistance, reached the backward and most flood affected areas to assist with financial help through cash for work.

One of the beneficiaries included Allah Bachai, 20, who is disabled and unable to walk. She lives with her father, mother and a young sister in a small village, Noor Muhammad Mallah in union council Bhugra memon in district Badin. Bachai’s father is a fisherman who struggles everyday to catch fish. All the houses in Bachai's village were damaged in the floods of 2010.

Highlights

  • 47,600 families including 300,000 men and women in 300 villages directly benefitted from the projects.
  • 17 early recovery projects were set up in 5 union councils of district Badin, Sindh province.
  • The small grants projects focused on livelihood restoration, alternate energy and restoration of public services.

During the assessment and registration of most affected people in Badin, the family of Allah Bachai was listed as one of the most marginalized and affected. Floods and heavy raiins adversely affected her house.

While assessing the situation and economic condition of the communities, the small grants team involved many people in the cash for work scheme. Under cash for work, 900 people including 451 females and 449 male were given temporary employment. Each person was paid a daily wage for their work. 

With the consultation of community members in the area, Bachai was made the supervisor of 36 workers in her village. She showed determination, honesty and willingness in performing her supervisory role. She was given the responsibility to supervise the houses that were being rebuilt in her village. She also kept daily records of the attendance of the community members who were employed under the scheme.

Allah Bachai like other workers, started her duty from 9 am till 5 pm including one hour break for lunch and prayers. When asked what she would do with the money earned from cash for work, she said “I will buy clothes and jewellery for my younger sister who will be getting married soon.” As the older sister, Bachai feels she is responsible for the arrangements of her sister's wedding.

Bachai, including other females in Badin, was encouraged to work and earn money in the cash for work scheme. Due to this economic initiative, the women were also able to earn money and contribute to their household incomes.

The projects helped the communities with livelihood restoration, alternate energy and restoration of public services. The projects under livelihoods component included provision of tool kits for skilled persons (vocational kits), donkey carts, grain storage containers, agriculture tool kits and inputs, and livestock restocking, cash for work, training youth as professional drivers and mobile repairers and de-silting of irrigation canals and water courses to enable farmers and landowners to cultivate agriculture lands.

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Women rebuild houses in flood affected areas
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